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Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found

When the American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder traveled to Cuba in the mid-’90s, he wasn’t even intending to assemble several local son musicians for a group recording. Circumstances led to the creation of the ad hoc collective henceforth known as Buena Vista Social Club, and the rest of the story is now well known: a hit documentary film, boatloads of albums sold, world tours and international recognition for the individual players (some now deceased) as well as wider recognition for this vibrant brand of traditional Latin music.

Lost and Found collects previously unreleased odds and ends from those original sessions and subsequent dates, both studio and live. All of the now-familiar participants-Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Compay Segundo, Omara Portuondo and others-are effectively represented in various settings, and while the initial thrill of discovery is long since past, the music remains as seductive and dynamic as it did that first time.

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